Donald Trump’s need to seek revenge for every imagined slight is well attested. Besides vowing to destroy those who did not help him through his bankruptcy, he has threatened to jail his opponent after the election; he has threatened to abridge freedom of the press and threatened to sue The New York Times; he even called for the cancellation of Saturday Night Live for poking fun at him.
Most appalling of all, he has used what was supposed to be a major policy address at Gettysburg to threaten to sue the women who have accused him of sexual assault.
His descent into madness continues as he now intends, says Senior Economic Advisor Peter Navarro, in a statement released by the campaign, to “break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies that have gained enormous control over our information, intrude into our personal lives, and in this election, are attempting to unduly influence America’s political process.”
To make it worse, Navarro invokes progressive Teddy Roosevelt in this foray into Putin-style politics. The two men, the president and the would-be dictator, could not be any further apart.
By “influence,” of course, Trump means criticizing one Donald J. Trump, since for the Republican nominee this is a zero sum game, and you are either with him or you are against him.
That by “unduly influence” he means “backed Hillary Clinton” is made clear in the wording of the text, as he is careful to point out each and every incidence of their alleged ties to Clinton.
So we get “NBC, and its Clinton megaphone MSNBC,” and “AT&T, the original and abusive ‘Ma Bell’ telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner and thus the wildly anti-Trump CNN,” and so forth.
Needless to say, only in Trump’s fevered imaginings is MSNBC a “Clinton megaphone” and only someone who is very delusional would think the network hosting a paid Trump employee, Corey Lewandowski, posing as a journalist, is “wildly anti-Trump.”
Here is Trump’s list of those who have sinned against Trump and must now pay the price:
“NBC, and its Clinton megaphone MSNBC, were once owned by General Electric, a leader in offshoring factories to China. Now NBC has been bought by Comcast, which is specifically targeting the Chinese market – even as Comcast’s anchors and reporters at MSNBC engage in their Never Trump tactics.
“AT&T, the original and abusive “Ma Bell” telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner and thus the wildly anti-Trump CNN. Donald Trump would never approve such a deal because it concentrates too much power in the hands of the too and powerful few.
“The New York Times strings are being pulled by Mexico’s Carlos Slim, a billionaire who benefits from NAFTA and supports Hillary Clinton’s open border policies. Amazon, which controls the Washington Post, profits from the flow of illegally subsidized foreign products through its distribution channels. Lower costs mean higher margins — no matter if bad trade deals lead to massive unemployment in America.”
Trump says he is protecting America from greedy corporations, but in blaming Hillary Clinton he has donned the aluminum foil hat of those who fear the tread of the Illuminati in every darkened corner:
“The very corporations that have gained from shipping America’s factories and jobs offshore are the very same media conglomerates now pushing Hillary Clinton’s agenda. She is the official candidate of the multinational ruling elite.”
“This oligopolistic realignment of the American media along ideological and corporate lines is destroying an American democracy that depends on a free flow of information and freedom of thought. Donald Trump will drain the swamp of corruption and collusion, standing against this trend and standing for the American people.”
Trump claims he is doing this for the American people, but Trump, in a snit that all are not falling to their knees before him, is doing this for Trump.
Republicans – and many corporations – have long wanted corporations and not the federal government to run our country under the guise of privatization, but Trump’s dictatorial spirit is greatly in evidence here, as Trump intends Trump to run our country, and let no one stand in his way.
NYT prints a list of everything "Donald Trump has insulted on twitter since declaring his candidacy." It's a two page spread. pic.twitter.com/ZVqN5Qe9Di
— Patrick W. Gavin (@pwgavin) October 24, 2016
If The New York Times‘ two-page spread – in very tiny print – of “all the people, places and things Donald Trump has insulted” is not enough for you (digital version here), if ever evidence was required that “Mad King Donald” is now thoroughly revenge-crazed, it is here in this poisonous proclamation.
The White House would not be a bully pulpit for Trump, but a throne.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.